The band that redefined Kraut as interpreted through indie rock, and THEN went on to reinterpret lounge and jazz through electronic music -- STEREOLAB is reissuing their two most classic and most commercially successful albums on vinyl. These of course are Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Dots and Loops (which you can stream in full in the player above). Exclaim is reporting that the release date is Nov. 27. Both excellent and controversial albums to the Stereolab nation, they saw the band at the rise of their songwriting ability as well as the highest level of notoriety around the world. Some older fans who had been with the bands from the beginning saw the band on selling out or turning their back on the past.
Whatever lens you choose to see it through, Emporer Tomato Ketchup took indie rock and married it up with electronic music, two worlds that had remained distinctly apart until that point. Dots and Loops worked that vibe further and brought in lounge and jazz, becoming a soundtrack for the millennium digital transformation that was happening as the 1990's turned to the 2000's. The album proudly proclaimed in the liner notes that it had been completely recorded live to "computer hard disk," which seemed completely revolutionary at a time when analog still ruled the music world.